Purulent Cellulitis

Purulent Cellulitis


Refers to the presence of a drainable abscess or cellulitis associated with purulent drainage


Depending on the patient's underlying conditions other organisms may be contributing

Additional Information

Guideline originally sourced from Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon Area and adapted by Joseph Brant Hospital

  • Stevens DL, Bisno AL, Chambers HF, et al. Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft tissue infections: 2014 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America [published correction appears in Clin Infect Dis. 2015 May 1;60(9):1448. Dosage error in article text]. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;59(2):e10-e52.

  • Sinai Health System & UHN Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Management of Uncomplicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections: Purulent Treatment Guidelines. (No Date). Accessed June 2020 from:

  • The Johns Hopkins University (2020) John Hopkins ABX Guide (1.27) [Mobile App] Retrieved from:

  • Antimicrobial Therapy Inc (2020) The Sanford Guide (4.2) [Mobile App] Retrieved from:

Approved: June 2020

Revised: May 2022 (added cefadroxil for outpatients)